The Hidden Scenario by Luuk Sengers and Mark Lee Hunter sets out the recent discoveries of the story-based inquiry team, who have, over the years trained reporters, newsrooms, researchers and professionals of businesses and NGOs to improve their research skills.
Story-Based Inquiry is not just a summary of anecdotal experiences or tips – it is a method, based on doctoral-level research and an aggregate 100 years of professional practice. It offers a systematic approach to the key issues of an investigation with a firm focus on the final result, the story. Hence the name “Story-Based Inquiry”.
You can buy The Hidden Scenario now, as an e-book through Amazon Kindle at a cost of £3.93.
The Hidden Scenario: Plotting and Outlining Investigative Stories
The handbook is aimed at investigative journalists and journalism students.
Part One details the principles of constructing a chronology.
Part Two moves on to the construction of powerful scenes. In particular, it sets out the kinds of dramatic details that must be collected, and explains why.
Part Three shows how scenes lead to sources: people, documents and data that might be available to prove your hypothesis and enrich your narrative.
Part Four helps you apply your scenario in the field as a research tool.
"The Hunter-Sengers method codifies for the first time the strategy, structure and techniques necessary to deliver complex and challenging investigations. It is brilliantly intelligent and useably simple. It has completely revolutionised the way I work."
"Investigative Journalism is about finding out facts and telling the truth. Unlike news reporting, conducting an investigation can take days, weeks, months, years. The questions to be asked can become unmanageable and the subsequent research material unreadable. The Hidden Scenario provides some invaluable tips for organising your research, especially the building of a chronology (a timeline), focusing on people (characters)
I recommend this for all students of serious investigative and long form journalism and working journalists embarking on longer term investigations."
Director of the MA in Investigative Journalism, City University London
The second in the Logan handbooks series, a guide to using the Freedom of Information Act in England, Wales and Northern Ireland - FOIA without the Lawyer by Brendan Montague and Lucas Amin – will be published, also as an e-book, in September 2012.
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About the CIJ
The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is a registered charity (number 1118602) that was formed to address a deepening crisis in investigative reporting and in-house training in the mainstream media.
The CIJ provides high-level training, resources and research to journalists, researchers, non-governmental organisations, academics, graduate students and others interested in public integrity and the defence of the public interest. For more information visit: www.tcij.org
About The Reva and David Logan Foundation
The foundation is dedicated to supporting the founder’s powerful and eclectic mix of grants, as well as expanding the foundation’s range with their own unique interests.
These include the arts (literature, photography, jazz), investigative reporting (support for innovative approaches to teaching and delivering excellence in journalism), healthcare (both research and public programs), general education and scholarship, and more. Website: www.loganfdn.org